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Coronavirus situation in Valencia

 

There is free movement between the member states of the EU. Borders with Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China are also opened.

Persons coming from the Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Botswana, Union of Comoros, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Peru and Republic of Colombia, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Peru and Republic of Colombia, will have to leave in quarantine 10 days after their arrival in Spain or for the whole of their stay if it is less than this period. This period may end earlier if on the seventh day the person undergoes a diagnostic test for acute infection with a negative result. 

Find all advices for a safe trip to Spain at https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

Practical information for British tourists travelling to Spain: https://socialnewsroom.spain.info/practical-information-for-british-tourists-travelling-to-spain/ 

Click here to check the applicable entry requirements for the country you are travelling from and the restrictions for your return home. You can also find out what measures are in place for each region you are visiting during your stay in Spain.

 

Security measures for entry into Spain

If you are preparing a trip to Valencia by plane from abroad, it is compulsory to fill in this Health Control Form which can be accessed from the page spth.gob.es or by downloading the app on your mobile phone from the same page. The Spanish airports have incorporated three security filters for passengers: temperature, in a very efficient and high rigour process; a documentary control, based on the responsible declarations with health information that allows the traceability or the follow up of the person; and also a visual control.

To ensure that all these procedures are carried out in complete safety, the Foreign Health support staff has been strengthened.


A negative PCR test is mandatory

Spain requires international and national travellers from high-risk countries to present a negative PCR test or MAT, as well as other tests based on equivalent molecular techniques, such as RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification)  within 72 hours before their arrival in Spain. 

This measure comes on top of the health checks already carried out on all international passengers at points of entry. It maintains temperature control and visual checks.

From now on, the health check form that each passenger will have to fill in before entering Spain will include a question on whether he or she has undergone a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival in Spain. The passenger may be asked to provide proof of the result of the test at any time. The document must be the original, written in Spanish or English and may be presented in paper or electronic form.

If the form has not been completed online using the QR code on www.spth.gob.es or generated with the App Spain Travel Health-SpTH, the form may also be presented on paper before boarding the aircraft. In this case the original negative test result must be attached to the form.

Passengers found to be possibly infected with Covid-19 after temperature, visual or documentary checks must undergo a diagnostic test at the airport upon arrival in Spain.

Risk countries

For the designation of risk areas or states that are obliged to carry out a PCR test, the criteria of the EU Recommendation 2020/1475 of 13 October on a coordinated approach to restrictions on the free movement of persons in response to the Covid 19 pandemic will be used as a reference in the case of European Union and Schengen countries. Puedes ver la lista de países de riesgo aquí. See risk areas here. 

For third countries, the number of people infected with Covid-19 per 100,000 population in 14 days, supplemented by the number provided for in the International Health Regulations based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Travel agencies, tour operators and air or sea transport companies, as well as all other service providers marketing travel tickets, must inform passengers that a PCR test with a negative result is required for entry in Spain.


Persons arriving in Spain by land from France

All persons, over six years of age, arriving by land in Spain from risk areas in France must have a PCR test (RT-PCR), a TMA test or another type of diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 based on equivalent molecular techniques, with a negative result, carried out within seventy-two hours prior to arrival.

Risk areas are defined as all areas in France classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as having a risk level of dark red, red, orange or grey, based on the combined indicators set out in Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/119 of 1 February 2021 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exceptions

(a) Professional road transport workers in the course of their professional activity.

(b) Cross-border workers.

(c) Residents in border areas within a 30 km radius of their place of residence.


Limitations on flights from Brazil and South Africa

Until 25th May, flights between Brazil and South Africa and Spanish airports are limited to Spanish nationals or residents of Spain or Andorra. For more information on this measure click here


Mandatory use of face masks

People six years of age and older are required to use masks in the following cases:

a) On public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, regardless of the ability to maintain a safe distance from other people.

b) On air and maritime transport, on buses and trains, as well as on public and private vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, if the occupants of the vehicles are from different households. Passengers on ships and boats are not required to wear masks when inside their cabin

Exceptions

a) People who have some type of respiratory illness or problem that may be aggravated by using a mask or who, because they are disabled or dependent on others, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask, or people who have behavioral disorders that make their use unfeasible.

b) When exercising or playing an individual sport outdoors, in cases of force majeure or situation of necessity or when, due to the very nature of the activities, the use of a mask is incompatible with the instructions given by health authorities.

Individual outdoor activities that involve a physical effort of a non-sporting nature are considered equivalent to an individual sporting activity and are subject to the 1.5-meter distance requirement from people who are not in the same household.

The following activities are considered incompatible with the use of a mask:

a) Bathing in the sea, lakes, reservoirs, rivers or other bathing areas; as well as in swimming pools, outdoors or indoors.

b) Playing sports in a water environment, whether natural or artificial.

c) Rest periods in the immediate surroundings before or after bathing or playing sports in a water environment. When resting on a beach, river or similar environment, or in an outdoor swimming pool, the aforementioned period only applies to that time during which the person remains at a specific point and observes the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from people in other households. The group of people may not exceed the maximum number allowed. In the case of covered swimming pools or when resting on board a boat, the rest period will be understood as only that length of time that is strictly necessary between intervals of activity.

d) First aid or rescue activities when they require accessing a water environment.

e) The length of time that is strictly necessary to eat or drink, in places where it is authorized.

 The following activities are considered compatible with the use of a mask:

a) Walking on paths to or on beaches, lakes and other natural settings.

b) Walking on the seashore and alongside other water environments.

c) Using changing rooms in public or community pools, except in the showers.

d) Being outside or inside a hotel or bar/restaurant outside of the times strictly required to eat or drink.

Correct use of the mask

Remember that the mask should preferably be hygienic or surgical and should cover from the nasal septum to the chin included. The use of a mask with an exhalation valve is not permitted, except in the professional field in which this type of mask may be recommended.


Measures in effect until 00:00 on May 24

Nightly movements

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is prohibited on public roads or spaces between midnight and 6 AM, except to:

a) Purchase medicines, health products and other essential goods.

b) Travel to a health center or establishment.

c) Travel to a veterinary care center for emergency reasons.

d) Comply with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.

e) Return to one's primary residence after carrying out any of the activities allowed in this section.

f) Assist and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.

g) Engage in activities related to: the control of overabundant game species that can cause damage to ecosystems; production cycles of agriculture and livestock; and road safety.

h) Due to force majeure or an emergency.

i) Any other activity of a similar nature, if duly certified.

j) Refueling at gas stations or service stations, when necessary to carry out the activities specified in the preceding paragraphs.


Social gatherings

In spaces for public use, whether indoors or outdoors, groups of more than 10 people may not gather, unless they are all from the same household, without prejudice to the exceptions provided in the sections that follow in this resolution, as well as in other applicable administrative acts.

In homes and spaces for private use, both indoors and outdoors, groups of more than 10 people may not gather, unless they are all from the same household or two households, without prejudice to the exceptions provided in the sections that follow in this resolution, as well as in other applicable administrative acts.

Exceptions

3. The following situations are excluded from the limitations established in the sections above:

a) Non-professional activities related to upbringing and care, such as looking after and accompanying minors, the elderly, dependents, people with functional diversity or who are in a particularly vulnerable situation.

b) Children who alternate living with parents who do not live with each other.

c) Any kind of foster care of minors.

d) Gatherings of married people or couples who live in different addresses.

e) People who live alone may move in with another household for the duration of the measure, as long as only one person living alone joins the household.

f) Work, institutional and transportation activities, and activities at schools that provide the education referred to in Article 3 of the Organic Law of Education, including university education, and any other activities that are covered under specific measures.


Places of worship

Capacity in places of worship, when used for religious events, celebrations or gatherings, including wedding ceremonies or other specific religious celebrations, is limited to 75%, provided that a minimum distance of 1.5 m between individuals is observed. The maximum capacity has to be published in a visible location in the space used for worship, and the general safety and hygiene measures specified by the health authorities must be complied with.


Bars, cafes and restaurants

The terraces of bars, cafes and restaurants may be open until 11:30 PM, at 100% capacity and a maximum of 10 people per table, which must be 1.5 m apart outdoors and 2 m apart indoors, where the capacity is limited to 50%.

Remember that masks must be worn while not actively eating/drinking, and that only table service is available. Also, there is no smoking on terraces.

Alcohol consumption

The sale of alcohol is prohibited from 10 PM to 8 AM in any type of retail sale establishment, regardless of its operating license, except in hotels and restaurants/bars, to which the rules specified in the point above apply.

The consumption of alcohol on public roads is prohibited 24 hours a day, except in hotel and restaurant establishments, in compliance with the provisions of Article 69 of Health Law 10/2014 of December 29, of the regional government of Valencia.

Food deliveries or takeaways

Many restaurants are still offering home delivery or takeaway services by pre-ordering during their normal opening hours. So, if you would like to continue enjoying Valencian cuisine at home, check out all the options the city has to offer here.


Nightlife

Discos, dance clubs, cocktail and karaoke bars are temporarily closed.


Museums 

There is no capacity restriction in museums, but distancing, hygiene and prevention measures must be enforced.

Check our online agenda to find out about the exhibitions and the security measures for each one.


Theathers and cinemas

For cultural activities and outdoor performances, the maximum capacity is 75% of the approved capacity. The measures necessary to maintain a safe distance between persons or, if this is not possible, the application of alternative physical protection measures must be laid down. The use of masks is compulsory, even if the safety distance of 1.5 metres between persons is maintained (except in the case of groups of persons living together who may sit in adjacent seats). The public must remain seated and pre-allocated seats must be provided.


Live chat to solve your doubts

Our tourist information offices will remain open in their schedule times.

Our tourist information staff are also available via live chat to answer any questions you may have concerning your visit to Valencia, from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays, from 10:00 to 14:00.  


Consult the latest information related to COVID-19 from official organisations:

Valencia city council

Special information about the coronavirus

National authorities

Coronavirus self-diagnosis

Ministry of Health. New coronavirus disease, COVID-19

Secretariat of State for Tourism. Information for travellers.

Regional Authorities

Consellería de Sanitat (Health Dept. of Regional Government) Coronavirus


International organizations

World Health Organization

 

World Tourism Organization

 

If during your stay in Valencia you show symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat or chest pain, and difficulty in breathing, please

  • Stay calm
  • Do not leave your room or apartment
  • Contact your accommodation staff by phone, or call 112 or 900 300 555
 
 

Where to get the PCR or antigen test

Vithas Consuelo

  •  PCR  €120  Results within 48 h                   
  • RAPID ANTIBODY TEST €35 Results in 1 h
  • QUANTITATIVE SEROLOGY TEST €60 Results in 4 days
  • ANTIGEN €60 Results in 1 h
  • EXPRESS PCR €190 Results in 2 h
  • CORONAVIRUS AB POST-VACCINATION: €30 Results in 24 hours

Service hours are: PCR and ANTIGEN: Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM and from 3 PM to 7 PM. All other tests, Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM. Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.

Contact person: Amparo Piqueras, 96 317 78 06 (Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 3 PM).

 

Vithas Valencia October 9

  • CORONAVIRUS RNA - PCR: €120 (approx. 24 hours)
  • CORONAVIRUS ANTIGEN: €60 (approx. 4 hours)
  • RAPID CORONAVIRUS TEST _ QUALITATIVE SEROLOGY TEST: €35 (approx. 1 hour)
  • ELISA SEROLOGY_ QUANTITATIVE SEROLOGY TEST: €30 each (approx. 4 days)
  • SEROLOGY + ANTIGEN TEST: €80 (approx. 4 hours)
  • PCR EXPRESS (approx. 1 hour): €190

Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM

Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM (currently from 5 PM to 8 PM).

Dr. Orlando sees private and international patients and his hours are Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM and from 5 PM to 8 PM.

 

Hospital Quironsalud Valencia

Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM

Saturday, from 9 AM to noon and Sunday from 9 AM to 10 AM.

After hours, tests are done in the emergency room

Email: International.val@quironsalud.es

Telephone: 0034 659 966 800

Special price for readers of visitvalencia.com (mention that you saw it here):

€70 PCR

€45 Antigen

Results are sent by email in Spanish and English.

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